Diversity and differentiation, equity and equality in a marketised higher education system

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This chapter outlines some of the common manifestations of marketisation in contemporary higher education and discusses the extent to which the higher education market is a reality, or a metaphor for a set of ideologically-driven policies and processes – widely striven for but never achieved. It discusses the relationship between marketisation and sector differentiation and the extent to which calls for increased differentiation and diversity represent increased ‘consumer choice’, or whether they signal a scramble for status in which poorer institutions and students are the losers, and claims for equality or fairness are compromised.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEquality and Differentiation in Marketised Higher Education: a new level playing field?
EditorsMarion Bowl, Colin McCaig, Jonathan Hughes
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Feb 2018